Kids and adults have fun at Touch-A-Truck event

Children were clearly having a good time checking out a variety of trucks, buses and other vehicles during a Touch-A-Truck event at Starkey Ranch District Park, at 11880 Lake Blanche Drive in Odessa on Nov. 3. Children could get their faces painted, enjoy inflatables and play games at the event, which was sponsored by the Medical Center of Trinity. Hundreds took advantage of the sunshine and … [Read more...]

Helping families communicate through sign language

Families came to the New River Branch Library, at 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, to learn how to communicate with hearing impaired loved ones. The library will be hosting two classes each month, one for families and one for adults. at the New River Branch Library. Gabriela Southwick, an American Sign Language instructor who resides in Zephyrhills, teaches the class. Southwick holds a … [Read more...]

Learning some Tai Chi moves at the library

Those taking part in a recent Tai Chi class at New River Branch Library practiced some moves, including the ‘Swimming Dragon’ and the ‘fly left leg.’ Originally associated as a method of self-defense martial arts, Tai Chi is now known to have many health benefits, and the graceful, slow movement exercise is used to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, fight depression and improve … [Read more...]

Concerts for a Cause combine fun, and giving

Bexley by Newland Communities recently concluded a series of concerts geared toward helping feed those in need. Those attending the events were encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the live entertainment in comfort. They also were asked to donate nonperishable food items or cash to help support Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s largest food bank. Besides the live entertainment, … [Read more...]

Things that go bump in the night, and other frightening stuff

Things that go bump in the night, and other frightening stuffThe community center at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park was transformed into the “Haunted House on 41,” where visitors had a chance to take in frightening experiences and have some Halloween fun, on the evenings of Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. The event, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., was hosted by Land O’Lakes Heritage Park and Pasco County Park, … [Read more...]

Fall is in the air, at Wesley Chapel festival

Whether they were collecting goodies through Trunk-or-Treating, enjoying carnival rides, picking out the perfect pumpkin or competing in a costume contest, there were plenty of chances for fun at the 14th annual Wesley Chapel Fall Festival, on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at The Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd. The event also featured local vendors, food trucks, a pet parade and a petting … [Read more...]

Blessing all creatures, big and small

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, at 37015 Orange Valley Lane in Dade City, had a Blessing of the Animals service on Oct. 7 to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his affinity for animals. People brought their animals to be blessed, and shared a potluck meal together. Though this is the first Blessing of the Animals that the church has hosted, the pastor says he … [Read more...]

Pickin’ out the perfect pumpkin at a patch in Lutz

Visitors to the Family Fun Festival at Seal Swim School, 19509 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz, could pick from a wide assortment of the seasonal orange orbs in a pumpkin patch, and could also enjoy pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, food, music, a bounce house and a costume parade. Proceeds from pumpkin sales and the festival help promote water safety and the school’s special needs … [Read more...]

‘Santa’s workshop’ at the library

Volunteers are painting handmade wooden toys at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library to be donated to the Toys for Tots program. The library’s Foundry Makerspace woodworkers volunteered their time to create approximately 100 wooden toys. Now, it’s holding painting sessions to give the toys a bit more personality. The library, at 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, could use some volunteers to get … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Night Out with the Zephyrhills Police

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